- Curt Cignetti was 52-9 in five successful seasons at James Madison University
- Indiana hired Cignetti after firing Tom Allen following their third losing season
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Indiana’s newly-appointed football coach Curt Cignetti fired up the crowd at his presentation with a hilarious introduction speech.
Cignetti immediately fired shots at Indiana’s Big Ten rivals as he expressed his excitement at his new opportunity.
‘I’ve never taken a backseat to anybody and don’t plan on starting now,’ Cignetti said. ‘Purdue sucks!’
The crowd, draped in red and white, erupted after Cignetti’s initial jab before he delivered a haymaker to the school’s other rivals.
‘But so does Michigan and Ohio State, go IU,’ Cignetti added as the cheers continued.
Curt Cignetti fired shots at Purdue, Michigan and Ohio State during his introduction at Indiana
Indiana announced Cignetti’s hiring on Thursday – less than a week after the school fired Allen.
Allen, whom Indiana hired in 2017, was let go after the Hoosiers suffered a third consecutive losing season. Indiana had a 3-9 record (1-8 Big Ten) this season, ending the campaign on a three-game skid with the final blow being a loss to rival Purdue.
Allen had a 33-49 overall record during his tenure but was 9-26 since the 2020 season.
Cignetti joins Indiana after successfully leading James Madison University for five seasons. Cignetti has a 52-9 record at JMU, including a 31-4 record in conference play.
Indiana hired Cignetti on Thursday after five successful seasons at James Madison University
Cignetti was named the Sun Belt Conference coach of the year on Thursday after leading the Dukes to an 11-1 season.
JMU led the nation in both rushing defense and tackles for loss per game, and boasted a top-20 scoring offense and scoring defense under Cignetti.
‘I am excited to lead this program forward and change the culture, mindset, and expectation level of Hoosier football,’ Cignetti said in a statement.
‘I want to thank Director of Athletics Scott Dolson and President Pam Whitten, and I look forward to working with both in building something special at IU,’ Cignetti added. ‘Both share my vision and belief that big things are ahead for the IU program.’